Harry Guess kept walking after the Navy rejected him for having flat feet.
A few years later, when it was an all volunteer service, a Navy recruiter stopped him from joining the Air Force.
"Surprisingly, my feet that were still flat were OK," Guess said. "I still don’t have a problem, and they’re still flat."
Guess, a native of Nashville, Tenn., graduated from Vanderbilt University and joined the Navy to see the world, he said. He spent 24 years in the Navy before retiring and worked mostly as a supply corps officer, "the business managers of the Navy," he said.